SCORESBY Road in the eastern Melbourne suburb of Bayswater re-opened last week after being closed for nearly three weeks as part of a two-month construction blitz that will also remove the Mountain Highway crossing and rebuild Bayswater Station.
Buses are currently replacing trains between Belgrave and Ringwood while 63,000 cubic metres of soil and rock – equal to 25 Olympic-size swimming pools – is excavated to lower the rail line under the road.
The level crossing removal project in Bayswater includes:
- Lowering the rail line below Mountain Highway and Scoresby Road;
- Raising Mountain Highway at the point of the crossing to allow continued train access to the Train Maintenance Facility behind Bayswater Station;
- Rebuilding Bayswater Station;
- Platforms accessed via lifts, ramps and stairs;
- Reconstructing the station car park, optimising parking and providing the same number of spaces; and
- Building a walking and cycling path.
Mountain Highway has now closed and is due to reopen without boom gates on 23 December. Once the construction blitz at Bayswater is complete, work will ramp up on the removal of the Blackburn and Heatherdale Road level crossings further down the line.
From 27 December 2016 to 29 January 2017, buses will replace trains between Box Hill and Ringwood while construction crews lower the rail line, upgrade Blackburn Station and build a new Heatherdale Station.
The project is being delivered by a team comprising Laing O'Rourke, Fulton Hogan and AECOM, in an alliance with Public Transport Victoria, Metro Trains Melbourne and VicRoads.